- Performer: Wiener Sängerknaben
- Orchestra: Berliner Philharmoniker, Wiener Philharmoniker, Chorus & Orchestra of Milan Scala, Bayreuth Festival Chorus & Orchestra
- Conductor: Wilhelm Furtwangler
- Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach, Ludwig van Beethoven
- Audio CD (25 Feb. 2011)
- Number of Discs: 107
- Format: Box set
- Label: Membran
- ASIN: B004JC16LC
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 111,106 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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"Furtwangler's performance didn't so much start as emerge. The famous indecisive beat was a ploy with a purpose, and not as some professional musicians will tell you, a symptom of technical incompetence." Gramophone February 2005. For example, the Berlin Orchestra asked him to cue entries more precisely. Furtwangler declined. An entry like that was too direct for him. The formation of a tone was evidently more important to him than the imutable form of its presence. He favoured intuitive insights, where markings on the page were viewed more as guidelines than instructions. Thus, the page was there for him to bring the music alive. So his performances combined spontaneity, impulsiveness and deep inwardness. Furtwangler placed more importance on the power of improvision than on the technical perfection that was to be achieved through continual rehearsing. For this conductor worked on the inner meaning and the hidden laws of music.Read more ›
Indeed, I'd say that the Beethoven transfers here are much better than those issued by EMI not so long ago (The Great EMI.. or Beethoven: Complete Symphonies) where, probably due to the deterioration of the original sources, too much processing has robbed the sound of high frequencies; that's not the case here - a bit of hiss and occasional blasting is far preferable to my ears. The classic Tristan & Isolde is, frankly, a much better transfer than EMI's, and many of the pre-war recordings are as good as the Naxos Historical releases that I have heard.
Clearly, this set does not contain everything that Furtwängler left (that would probably fill 500 discs!), but does contain all of the core recordings of Beethoven, Brahms, Wagner, Schubert, Tchaikovsky, etc. that most collectors will ever need.
The presentation is quite good, too. You get a heavy-duty box well over a foot long with a lift-off lid.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Angela Merkel chose this set as a gift for Pope Nicholas. That gives some indication about just how special this set is. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Robert Hutley
A fantastic value survey of Furtwangler's recorded legacy-for that is what it is.Quite apart from the fascination of the great conductor's interpretations -some appear dated... Read morePublished 20 months ago by C. M. D. Odonnell